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renaming a domain

By knthomason ·
I am running the following: 1 W2K advanced server with 60 clients AD installed. I in the process of switching to 2 servers running W2K advanced server. The current Domain name is "abcd" (ex.) I need to change it to "ablebcdco.com" (ex.). The clients are not using raoming profiles.

Is there a method to rename the domain and either not bump the profiles at the desktop. If that is not possible then at least copy the old profiles onto the profiles created when joining the new domain.

I might not be thinking out side of the box, and there may even be a different solution.

thanks ahead of time

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by curlergirl In reply to renaming a domain

Renaming a domain is tricky. One method you could consider would be to install one of your new machines initially as an NT machine (BDC in your AD domain) and follow the instructions in Technet article 292541. This will only work, however, if yourcurrent Win2K DC is in mixed mode rather than native mode. The other way would be to migrate your current domain into a new one. In this case, you would set up one of your new servers as the first DC in the new domain, then migrate your user and computer accounts to the new domain. Then, you would demote the old DC from its old domain and then promote it again as a DC in the new domain.

In either case, the best way to preserve user profiles would be first to change to roaming profiles so that all your current user profiles are stored on the server. Then after migration, continue to use the roaming profiles or, if you don't want to do that, at the least you will have a copy of all your user profiles on the server and can return them tolocal profiles by copying them back down to the workstations under the new domain user IDs. If you start out with roaming profiles, they will be automatically cached to the local workstation profiles folders the first time the user logs on to the workstation with the new domain user ID. To return to local profile use, you would first remove the setting for roaming profiles from the user IDs. Then at each workstation log on as the user, creating a new local profile; then log on as Administrator and copy the locally cached copy of the roaming profile to the newest profile folders for that user on the local workstation.

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by curlergirl In reply to renaming a domain

This sounds complicated and is a little bit tricky. You just have to be sure you can identify which profile folders are the newest ones and which correspond to the original roaming profile cached copy. It would be easier to just leave it at roaming profiles - which I like anyway because it means you always have a backup of every user's profile in case they mess it up or it gets corrupted. The only caveat to using roaming profiles is in a mixed desktop OS situation. If you have a mix of 9x/NT/2K/XP workstations (any combination except 2K and XP), roaming profiles can be unworkable if users switch between workstations, because the various workstation OS's don't handle profiles the same way.

Hope this helps!

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by curlergirl In reply to renaming a domain

PS I was just at the Microsoft Technet Downloads web site and saw that there is a tool there for renaming domains - you might want to check it out if you don't already know about it:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/downloads/domainrename.mspx

(remember to remove any spaces in the url)

Hope this helps!

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by f_somers In reply to renaming a domain

Hi,
As far as I know, this only works under Windows 2003 (.NET).
Try this link: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;296592

Hope that helps.
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